CareLab: Ross Gay, Ph.D. Poet and Essayist; Professor of English, Indiana University at Bloomington
CareLab Event Title: "We Kin: Lessons of Care from the Garden"
Mudd Center Partnership with the Harte Center for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, August 25, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
W&L students, faculty, and staff may view a recording of the webinar here.
In this talk, prize-winning poet and author Ross Gay will consider the joy we incite when we care for each other, especially during life's inevitable hardships. He will explore how we can practice recognizing that connection, and also, crucially, how we expand it. In "We Kin" he thinks about the garden (especially around August, when the zucchini and tomatoes come on) as a laboratory of mutual aid.
*Registration for this event is required through Fall Academy go.wlu.edu/fallacademy
Ross Gay is a poet and essayist who is interested in exploring joy. His first collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller. His new collection of essays, Inciting Joy, will be released by Algonquin in October of 2022. Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding, winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
Professor Gay earned a B.A. at Lafayette College, a M.F.A. at Sarah Lawrence College, and a Ph.D. at Temple University.